The temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles in the jaw are responsible for the movement required when you chew or open your mouth. When these components become damaged or stressed, they can cause pain and dysfunction. This condition is referred to as TMJ or TMD and can cause discomfort for sufferers. However, it can certainly be treated. Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC, offers effective treatments for TMJ at our office in Roswell.
Often, TMJ is caused or accentuated by dental problems. If your teeth or bite is not properly aligned, it can cause stress on the jaw joint and muscles. Missing or crooked teeth can be the reason for the misalignment of the bite, causing undue stress on the jaw. Issues like breathing through the mouth, due to sinus problems or allergies, can put extra stress on the jaw. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can be related to TMJ/TMD, this is due to the misalignment of the jaw or an aggravation of the joint when the jaw is clenched.
We look for the cause of stress on the jaw and recommend procedures to help reduce pressure. This can include orthodontic procedures, replacing missing teeth, wearing a nightguard and other options. Overall oral health can often eliminate the pain and discomfort that comes with TMJ, giving you relief.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
TMJ often comes with a wide variety of symptoms. Jaw and facial pain are the most common, but others have radiating symptoms throughout the head and neck area. Some symptoms that could be caused from TMJ include:
- Tooth pain
- Neck or shoulder aches
- Ear aches or ringing in the ears
- Sleep disruption
- Clicking or grinding in the jaw
- Issues chewing or opening the mouth
If you have been diagnosed with TMD or have some of these symptoms, contact Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC to schedule a consultation. We can perform a thorough exam to determine if you have TMJ and the cause of your discomfort. With treatment, you can get relief and recover proper function again.
I was referred to Dr. Morris 4 years ago when I moved to the Atlanta area. I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to have found such an awesome dentist who has an awesome staff as well! Whether I’m there for a cleaning, crown or night guard adjustment, they make sure everything is taken care of and always leave the door open to come back if necessary. Dr. Morris and staff get to know their patients and what goes on, they are not just a patient number. Even if I were to move from where I live now, I will still go to Dr. Morris! msosborne81
Great office! Terrific staff, very efficient and friendly. Dr. Morris is great. I recently came to the practice after some 20 years with another dental practice, and I was not sure I was ready to change, but I'm sold! Will definitely stick with this practice. Suellen Slockbower
Dr. Fields is a truly skilled and patient dentist!
I know its hard to believe a 5 star rating - but, when things go that well at a dentist as they did for me today, you really have to give them the accolades they deserve! After struggling to find a new dentist (moved from out of state) - I tried Dr. Fields. I knew I needed some serious work and was concerned. After my second visit, I am beating myself up for not coming sooner.
On the first visit, Dr. Fields had to spend a lot of time removing an extremely stubborn inlay that just never did its job - but, he was so patient and the whole experience was relatively painless. I couldn't believe it.
Today, I had two permanent crowns put in - I can't be happier! After years of pain and discomfort, my teeth actually work! I can chew!! And, I feel like my bite has even improved.
Not to be forgotten, was my fabulous hygienist, Lee! Thank you Lee for such a thorough and amazing job! I am looking forward to my next cleaning.
Although the office is lovely, and the staff extremely nice - the most important thing to me is that my teeth look and feel better - which, I can pleasantly say, they do!! G A
Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia.
Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service! Cathy Quillen
Great introductory visit deal, and a very positive experience with Dr. Morris and her staff! Le did the most thorough cleaning I've had in years, and front desk staff were terrific. Aleisa McKinlay
Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!! Lesley Gamwell
I have been going to Dr. Morris for over 17 years. I go back because she is the best Dentist I have ever gone to. Djhahn13
Amazing staff, do a great job being professional and personal at the same time 🙌🏾 Treve Dillahunty
Beautiful office and friendly staff!! Great service and great dentists! Krista Hill
Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule. Kelly Texter
David Fields fixed three fillings for me and it was easy and painless. Really appreciated his attention to detail while making sure I was comfortable the entire time. A flawless experience. thanks! Corey Perlman
First time here and it was amazing! The bathrooms were clean, Kholod
I have been going to Dr. Morris for around 19 years . I recently move to Gulf Shores Alabama and I am not going to change dentists. I drive to Atlanta to get my teeth cleaned. I love her staff ! They are very caring and Dr Morris is as well! Susan Coltman
Andrea and Dr Fields were fantastic and did everything possible to make a stressful situation better! Will definitely be back for my next cleaning. Samantha Smith
Le did a fantastic job clening my teeth! Mitzi is as sweet as thry come and it was a wonderful experience! Beth Dunlap
Very friendly staff and an overall nice experience at the Dentist! Ryan Regan
Awesome experience even for a dental phobic. Professionally caring! Tricia Wilmoth
Great staff, great facilities, and great care by all involved in the practice. A first rate experience. Lloyd Penn
I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my ""go-to"" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++
Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!! Adam Otey
Been going to Mitzi Morris for 15 years. We love their professionalism and care. Reccomended to many friends. Timothy Reidy
I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands! Christopher Price
Going to the dentist is not on the top of my favorites but Dr. Mitzi Morris is THE BEST! The hygienist is always fantastic. James Halter
Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods.
I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them! Eric Figurelli
I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch.
It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered. Bruce Conover
Best dental care I've ever received. I always look forward to going to the dentist since I found Dr. Morris, and who ever says that : ) Kelly Halter
Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent ""bedside manner."" The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment. David Gordon
About 4 years ago I set out to find another dentist. I had been with my previous dentist around 14-15 years (my boys went to him also) but I found the older I got the more specialized the service I needed and the dentist I was going to was set in his ways. Everything was black and white, you can do that , you can't do that. After researching many dentist in the Roswell area, I found Dr. Morris. She was willing to think out of the box, be challenged - far from the black and white, can do can't do that I was used to. Dr. Morris and her staff is so friendly, you feel like one of the family. You get exceptional service for a reasonable price, she is willing to work with you until you are satisfied. I will never go to another dentist after seeing her dedication to her job and her patients....Great job guys, you have set the bar very high. M Anderson
Dr. Morris and her staff are amazing. They make you feel comfortable at their office and explain every detail about what they are doing and what they need to do in the future. I highly recommend this dental practice. Libby Schoenecke
Awesome staff and care! sed dent
Another great visit to the Dentist. Dr. Mitzi Morris and team are fantastic. They are always welcoming, considerate and friendly. If you're looking for a new dentist or dentist, period, I highly recommend Dr. Morris' office. Jim Harriman
I moved to this office because I felt I was being overcharged at my previous office and I definitely was. The entire staff was extremely nice and everything in the office was perfect. 10/10 would recommend. Stephen Baxley
Very Good patient to doctor personal manner. Dr. Morris really knows how to take care of their patients. Real respectable practice. My whole family goes here. Thanks! Michael Mitchell
Great Staff! Beautiful State of the Art Office! Finally, it is a pleasure to come to the dentist! Margaret Velez
Was nervous about getting a new dentist after being with one for so long, but after moving to Roswell, seemed a little silly to drive an hour. SO glad I came across Dr Morris' informative newsletter! I was able to get an appointment within the week. Everyone in the office takes the extra moment to make you feel welcome and comfortable-I especially love the travel water cup ""thank you"". Loved my hygienist's, Leah, magic hands--my gums are sensitive being pregnant but she flossed like a gentle pro! Dr Morris is thorough, personable and takes the time to make sure all your questions are answered. My whole family will be going to Dr Morris for years to come! Dawn S
The staff and both Dentist, Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields make you feel like family and take the anxiety out of going to the dentist and most times take the pain.... Terri Matteson
Dr. Morris has been our dentist for years. She and her staff are top notch and provide excellent customer service. My children have never known another dentist and when I tell them we're off to an appointment, they actually get excited! If you're looking for a great dentist, look no further -- Dr. Morris is the best! Jennifer Eaby
After telling my 'pickiest' friend that I like women dentists with smaller hands and more empathy (in general, of course), my friend researched and found the perfect dentist for both of us! I needed a replacement crown in a tough place to reach. Dr. Morris and her assistant did a great job. When my husband asked how the tooth felt, I forgot I'd gone to the dentist!! Our last lady dentist finally retired, so I was happy to meet a vibrant younger dentist who will hopefully continue practicing a very long time. Joyce Bentley
The staff are always professional, yet personable. They care about your needs and the services that they provide to you. Darrell Hahn
I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot. Marc Mamane
Love Dr. Morris and her staff! I would strongly recommend going to see her for any of your dental needs. Drew Culbreth
Dr. Morris is an amazing Dentist and person! I cannot thank her enough for her help. Alex Clark-Youngblood
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Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia.Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!Cathy Q
Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.Kelly T
Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods.I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!Eric F
I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!Christopher P
Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.David G
I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!Adam O
I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch.It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.Bruce C
I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.Marc Mamane
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Roswell Dentist, Dr. Mitzi Morris serves the dental needs of patients coming from Roswell, Acworth, Alpharetta, Canton, Cobb County, Cumming, Dunwoody, Forsyth County, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, North Fulton County, Sandy Springs and the surrounding areas.
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You Should See a Dentist for TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder is most often diagnosed and treated by a dentist. A dentist diagnoses and treats your oral health as a whole, which includes the jaw. Symptoms and problems related to the jaw also affect the health of your teeth in many cases, and vice versa.
Commonly known muscle relaxants include Soma, Skelaxin, Zanaflex, and Robaxin. Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) blocks nerve impulses (or pain sensations) sent to the brain. Diazepam (Valium) has also been shown to relieve TMJ-related pain.How do I relax my jaw TMD? ›
- Maintain the resting position of your jaw. ...
- Correct your posture. ...
- Get a good night's sleep. ...
- Use a hot or cold compress. ...
- Reduce stress. ...
- Exercise your jaw. ...
- Take notice of bad habits. ...
- Avoid certain activities and foods.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a group of more than 30 conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement. “TMDs” refers to the disorders, and “TMJ” refers only to the temporomandibular joint itself. People have two TMJs; one on each side of the jaw.Is TMJ medical or dental? ›
TMJ Disorders Can Be Both Medical and Dental Problems
Arthritis is another medical condition that can lead to a TMJ disorder. However, TMJ disorders can also be a dental problem by nature, especially when it is caused by an underlying problem with a person's teeth.
Examples of the types of medications general dentists may offer include muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-inflammatory medications and analgesics. For patients who are experiencing extreme TMJ pain, temporary prescription pain relievers may be an option.What helps excruciating TMJ pain? ›
Physical therapy. Along with exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles, treatments might include ultrasound, moist heat and ice. Counseling. Education and counseling can help you understand the factors and behaviors that may aggravate your pain, so you can avoid them.What antiinflammatory is best for TMJ? ›
Naproxen appeared to be most effective in TMJ pain reduction, whereas celecoxib was just slightly better than placebo. Naproxen reduced significantly TMJ pain intensity within three weeks of treatment. TMJ—temporomandibular joint; TMJ OA—temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis; NSAID—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.Does a heating pad help TMJ? ›
For the first 24-48 hours apply ice packs to the affected joint to reduce swelling. After this time, use heat to increase circulation which will promote healing and reduce swelling. Place a hot, moist towel on the side of the face which has the tension or pain.Why is TMD so painful? ›
The severe pain of TMJ is attributable to the complex makeup of the joint. The jaw requires the use of multiple muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones working together to allow the different movements of the joint.
The best sleep position for TMD is sleeping on your back in order to keep your head and neck properly aligned. Sleeping on your back also lowers the risk of teeth clenching and jaw grinding.Do I need surgery for TMD? ›
Most TMD patients benefit from non-surgical care. These approaches often produce progressive positive results. If pain and discomfort begin due to misaligned jaws, higher levels of pressure are placed on the joint. In many cases, an oral appliance can shift jaw alignment so the jaw joint is less stressed.Is TMD a serious problem? ›
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a condition affecting the movement of the jaw. It's not usually serious and generally gets better on its own.What triggers TMD? ›
Sometimes the main cause is excessive strain on the jaw joints and the muscle group that controls chewing, swallowing, and speech. This strain may be a result of bruxism. This is the habitual, involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth. But trauma to the jaw, the head, or the neck may cause TMD.Does TMJ show up on xray? ›
Conventional radiographs have a limited role in evaluation of the TMJ. They can be used to evaluate only the bony elements of the TMJ. They do not give useful information when it comes to the non-bony elements such as cartilage or adjacent soft tissues.Why is TMJ not covered by insurance? ›
Many medical plans do not cover orthodontic treatment provided as an adjunct to the surgical or non- surgical management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, because such treatment is considered dental in nature and, therefore, not covered under the medical benefit.Will insurance pay for Botox for TMJ? ›
Although some medical insurance is used to pay for Botox, many insurance companies do not cover the treatments for TMJ and bruxism. If you can afford it, Botox can be a useful treatment for TMJ and bruxism. Instead of dental insurance companies, the operation is generally covered by medical insurance companies.What happens if TMJ is not treated? ›
Untreated TMJ can cause constant tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, that can disrupt sleep and make it difficult to concentrate. Because our body's sense of balance is in the inner ears, the inflammation caused by TMJ disorder can impact balance as well, resulting in dizziness, unsteadiness, and vertigo.Does TMJ surgery change your face? ›
When your jaws are misaligned, your face can look unbalanced from the front, the side or both. Orthognathic surgery works to realign the bite, and the adjustments made eliminate any noticeable asymmetry. A corrective jaw procedure can make a major difference, dramatically improving your facial appearance.Can TMJ cause unbearable pain? ›
TMJ syndrome refers to a disorder of the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the rest of the skull. When this joint becomes irritated, inflamed, or otherwise compromised, the pain can become unbearable in a short period of time.
Injections into the jaw can be effective at providing temporary relief from symptoms of TMJ. It is minimally invasive, taking less than 30 minutes, and has no recovery time. Corticosteroid injections help to reduce any inflammation and pain in the TMJ and reduces chronic jaw pain.How long does it take for TMJ jaw pain to go away? ›
The good news is that most TMJ symptoms will clear up in no more than three weeks typically. However, certain TMJ conditions, especially those brought about by arthritis or bruxism, can last months or years, depending on the severity of the underlying condition.
At first onset of TMJ symptoms or when first reported first line treatment should be conservative reversible modalities. Anti- inflammatories are very effective and recommended. Ibuprofen 600mg qid can be taken. If pain is severe enough Tylenol can be supplemented every 6 hours, 3 hours after taking ibuprofen.Should I massage my TMJ? ›
The masseter muscle — a muscle of the jaw located above and below the cheekbone — can have trigger points related to TMJD. Massaging the masseter trigger points can relieve headaches, ear aches, and toothaches.Does drinking water help TMJ? ›
Stay Hydrated – One of the most important things for avoiding a TMJ symptom flare is to stay hydrated. Drinking water consistently throughout the day will keep your body hydrated and will help to relax the muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders.Where do you ice for TMJ? ›
Apply an ice pack or heat to the head or neck for 15 to 20 minutes to relieve discomfort and pain.Where is TMD pain located? ›
You have one joint on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders — a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD — can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
- Jaw discomfort or soreness (often most common in the morning or late afternoon)
- Pain spreading behind the eyes, in the face, shoulder, neck, or back.
- Earaches or ringing in the ears (not caused by an infection of the inner ear canal)
If you experience common TMD symptoms such as jaw pain, difficulty opening your mouth or clicking and popping of the jaw, schedule a visit with your healthcare provider right away. You should also schedule an appointment if you grind or clench your teeth, as this can lead to TMJ dysfunction.How severe is TMD? ›
Loss of jaw cartilage and bone mass: Without corrective measures, TMD can permanently damage the jaw. The cartilage that supports the joint can wear away, while the jawbone may erode. This causes painful friction in the jaw, and increases the chance for jaw dislocation.
Specialist treatment might be required if they're severe. Symptoms of TMD include: clicking, popping or grating noises as you chew or move your mouth. muscle pain around the jaw.Is ice cream good for TMJ? ›
Many TMJ diets recommend foods like pudding, ice cream, and mashed potatoes; while these might not physically aggravate the TMJ when you're eating, the inflammation they cause later does nothing to help your disorder. Combining a healthy balanced diet and soft foods is key to our approach.How long does it take for jaw muscles to heal? ›
Mild jaw pain should be resolved within a few weeks of treatment. If treated within a week of onset, the chances of moderate jaw strain healing completely within four weeks is much greater. Patients who delay early treatment early more often report that their pain worsens years after the initial injury.Can a chiropractor help with TMJ? ›
Adjustments from a chiropractor can resolve TMJ pain stemming from poor jaw alignment, stress, grinding teeth (bruxism), and jaw injury. The sessions will also relieve neck pain, tension, headaches, and cavitations (cracking and popping sounds).Does TMD cause anxiety? ›
But remember that while TMJ disorder contributes to anxiety, anxiety isn't literally caused by the disease. Rather, anxiety is a secondary symptom that comes from living with TMJ disorder, and often is already present in those that develop TMJ. The disease simply makes anxiety symptoms worse.Does insurance cover TMD? ›
YES! – there are several different treatments that are considered medically necessary for the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD's) by medical insurers! However, not all services and treatments are covered, and will be listed as “experimental and investigational” in the insurer's medical policy.At what point does TMJ require surgery? ›
Your doctor may recommend TMJ surgery if: You feel consistent, intense pain or tenderness when you open or close your mouth. You can't open or close your mouth all the way. You have trouble eating or drinking because of jaw pain or immobility.How do I know if I need jaw surgery for TMJ? ›
Here are a dozen telltale signs that you may need corrective jaw surgery: Difficulty taking a bite or chewing food. Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain, often accompanied by a headache. Difficulty swallowing.Is TMD considered a disability? ›
If your Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) causes you to lose the ability to speak, you may be eligible for LTD or Social Security Disability Insurance.What medication can I take for TMJ pain? ›
Tylenol is a popular brand of acetaminophen. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help temporarily control both jaw pain and inflammation in the TMJ. An example of an NSAID is ibuprofen (eg, Advil). Muscle relaxants are sometimes used to help relieve jaw pain and discomfort due to a TMJ disorder.
TMD can increase tension in the muscles of your face and neck, which can ripple throughout your body. It is not uncommon for TMD to cause tightness in your neck and shoulders. This tightness can affect your posture and possibly your flexibility.Does TMD pain go away? ›
Many TMDs last only a short time and go away on their own. However, in some cases they can become chronic, or long lasting. In addition, TMDs can occur alone or at the same time as other medical conditions such as headaches, back pain, sleep problems, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.Will a muscle relaxer help TMJ? ›
Muscle relaxants help ease muscle tension which reduces pressure on the TMJ from tight jaw muscles. Antidepressants. These can be used to reduce pain or teeth grinding (bruxism).Can dentists prescribe muscle relaxers for TMJ? ›
Typically, a doctor or dental specialist can prescribe a muscle relaxer to the patient in order for them to relax their jaw.What are the top three muscle relaxers? ›
Muscle relaxants are used to treat muscle spasticity (stiffness or rigidity). This can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and stroke. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three muscle relaxants—baclofen, tizanidine, and dantrolene—to treat muscle spasticity.Does Flexeril help with jaw clenching? ›
Healthcare providers may prescribe a muscle relaxant for TMJ problems involving the facial muscles. In some cases, they may be prescribed in addition to other pain medications for short-term use. Muscle relaxants include Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) and Skelaxin (metaxalone).